The Faculty of Health Sciences in conjunction with St Patrick's Hospital Mental Health Services is now offering an interdisciplinary strand in Child, Adolescent and Family as part of its taught Masters in Science in Mental Health programme. Students will come from a variety of backgrounds including nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, social work, psychology, psychotherapy, teaching and education services. The aim of this programme is to strengthen and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the participants, thus enabling them to fulfil their highest potential in both their personal and professional lives. The design of the course is such that it enhances the collaboration between disciplines working with children, adolescents and families with mental health problems. The programme is firmly grounded in a body of knowledge that aims to promote excellence in the participant's area of practice.
Also, the Faculty of Health Sciences in conjunction with St Patrick's Hospital Mental Health Services is now offering an interdisciplinary strand in Child, Adolescent and Family as part of its taught Masters in Science in Mental Health programme. Students will come from a variety of backgrounds including nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, social work, psychology, psychotherapy, teaching and education services. The aim of this programme is to strengthen and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the participants, thus enabling them to fulfil their highest potential in both their personal and professional lives. The design of the course is such that it enhances the collaboration between disciplines working with children, adolescents and families with mental health problems. The programme is firmly grounded in a body of knowledge that aims to promote excellence in the participant's area of practice. It is designed to provide an academically robust education for the participants and the various modules offered develop and complement subjects undertaken at degree or 'equivalent' level.
This M.Sc. in Mental Health (Child, Adolescent and Family strand) offers the student two specialist modules in year one, a number of core modules shared with other MSc students, as well as clinical placements. The specialist modules are 'Child and Adolescent and Family Mental Health Interventions' and 'Theoretical and Evidenced Based Practices in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health.
Students on this programme are recognised as practising professionals with a resource of practice and educational skills and knowledge that will enhance their learning at this advanced stage of their personal and professional pathway. Each student is considered unique in life experiences, motivation for learning, learning style and scholastic ability. Throughout the programme a variety of student-focused teaching strategies is used, including co-operative learning, self-directed learning and experiential learning methods. Interdisciplinary sharing of knowledge and perspectives is encouraged and rewarded. Students' past experiences are valued and integrated as a rich source of reflection and learning. Feedback and support are tailored to meet the individual needs of the student. Students also have an opportunity to engage in shaping aspects of the educational programme.
Students are enabled to reflect, inquire, critique, problem solve, evaluate and debate professional and practice issues in an academically robust manner. Students are empowered to generate evidence that will improve practice and are guided and supported through that process. Graduates of this programme, in applying their learning, can be expected to provide high quality care, leadership and education and to promote and develop excellence in their practice setting. The student is viewed as an active participant with responsibility for his/her own learning and development. Hence, the curriculum is focused on a transactional model of education, which strives to be collegial in nature and promotes independent, self-directed learning and self-evaluation.
All students register on the MSc course in the first instance. Students may choose to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health on successful completion of six modules. Students who successfully complete all the required elements of the M.Sc. course will be awarded an M.Sc. in Mental Health. The Child, Adolescent and Family strand of the MSc in Mental Health may only be taken over two years.
The course is divided into a number of units/modules which are separately assessed and must be individually passed.
Modules of Care
The aims of this modules are:
(Assessed by essay 3000 words)
Research for Evidence Based Practice
This module provides a comprehensive introduction to research in professional practice, consolidating participants´ previous knowledge and appreciation of research. It emphasises the implications of a research base for health care including the impact of this research base on the quality of care. Research methodologies and methods are explored. The skills developed by participants include critiquing published literature and preparing a detailed research proposal.
(Assessed by Research Proposal 6000 words)
Mental Health and Social Policy
The aim of this module is to provide and facilitate a learning milieu which stimulates an in-depth consideration of mental policy, policy development, and policy impact in Ireland. Students will be enabled to consider their practice in the context of national and international mental health policy.
(Assessed by 30 minutes classroom presentation on chosen topic)
Ethics and Law
The aim of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to explore legal and ethical structures and frameworks that impact on professional practice and enable them to develop the knowledge, analytical and decision-making skills necessary to provide care that is legally and ethically sound. Moreover it aims to do so in conjunction with an explanation of bioethical dimensions of the organised provision of health care and of the relation between law and ethics in this context.
(Assessed by 5000 words essay)
Forensic and Mental Health
The aim of this module are:
(Assessed by an essay)
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
The aims of this module are:
(Assessed by an assignment)
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (30 hours) Or
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (30hours)
This module develops the knowledge and skill of data analysis. Students study qualitative or quantitative research methods in detail. In conjunction with the learning from the Research for Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare, this module prepares and facilitates the student to apply and practice research knowledge and skills by developing, implementing, evaluating and writing up a research project
Satisfactory completion of the research dissertation (20-25,000 words) is a requirement for the award of the Masters Degree
Candidates for this course will be currently working in mental health/mental illness field; and in the case of the Child, adolescent and family strand, be working in child, adolescent and family mental health services and have a minimum of one year's recent experience in the area of mental health/mental illness; and in the case of the child, adolescent and family strand, be currently employed in the area of mental health/mental illness/child, adolescent and family services and have Garda clearance for working with children and adolescents. Candidates will also normally hold an honors degree in a relevant discipline; or otherwise satisfy the selection panel that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course.
No work experience is required.
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